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Process Chemistry

A Catalyst article describing how process chemists work in the pharmaceutical industry, devising methods of making new drugs. Process chemists are a link in the chain from an initial idea to a new drug making it to the market. It generally takes at least 10 years from an idea by a medicinal chemist to a new treatment for patients – during this time, the process chemist devises the best possible method for producing the drug in large quantities. This article describes the role that the process chemist plays.

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2008, Volume 19, Issue 1.

Catalyst is a science magazine for students aged 14-19 years. Annual subscriptions to print copies of the magazine can be purchased from Mindsets.

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